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Preview: Batman #113

Batman #113

Written by: James Tynion IV, Brandon Thoma
Art by: Jason Howard, Jorge Jimenez

Ghost-Maker reveals a dark revelation about his past connection to Jonathan Crane while Batman puts together the pieces of Scarecrow’s master plan. Using the Unsanity Collective’s technology, the villain plans to detonate a “Fear Bomb” in Gotham City! Backup: Clownhunter has been dosed by the Scarecrow with a deadly fear toxin and is now traveling through his greatest nightmare of Gotham City. Will the Clownhunter center himself and strike back at Scarecrow? Or will he succumb to all his worst fears?!

Batman #113

Review: Batman #113

“Fear State” is in full swing plunging the various Batman comics into the latest storyline event. But, this event feels a bit different. There’s a self-awareness to it all that feels like its been missing for a long time. Even fatigue has set into the Batman books with one disaster after another and “Fear State” actually addresses that in many ways. In fact, it’s a setup to the plan by Scarecrow. For that alone, it makes what’s going on a bit more interesting. Batman #113 takes some steps back in the story exploring what Scarecrow’s plan is and that includes an explanation of the meta.

James Tynion IV has hit his stride with Batman as the series not just delivers an event that’s self-aware but also one that further ties into the bigger picture story that is “Future State”. Simon Saint’s plan for his police force is underway but Scarecrow has played Saint using the materials gained to run an experiment all his own. Batman #113 has Batman unsure if he’s been compromised so asks Ghost-Maker to dip into his consciousness to see what has been tampered with. It’s all very comic-book in a good way. A little silly but it works. We also learn some history, Ghost-Maker has a past with Crane, aka Scarecrow.

That revelation feels a bit forced if anything. This character who just so happens to have come back into Batman’s life just so happens to have history with the major bad and know their goal/plan. It’s a little silly and a quick way to get to that revelation. Is it a derailed moment? Not really, but it definitely takes me out what has been a very solid story up to this point. For readers, the issue is, the discussion is a reminder of things we’ve learned before and elsewhere. We know Crane’s plan if you’ve read the comics leading up to this. So, this feels like the moment where the character explains everything to the audience so new individuals can catch up. Is it needed? Maybe. Does it take those following out of the story. A little.

The art by Jorge Jimenez is fantastic. With color by Tomeu Morey and lettering by Clayton Cowles, the comic looks fantastic. There’s just enough “horror” in Batman’s mind to keep up the “fear” aspect of everything. What’s been impressive is the story for the past few issues has played off of the classic visual of Scarecrow without rehashing them. They feel like an homage in some ways that way. The comic looks fantastic in every way.

We also get a back-up story featuring Clownhunter from writer Brandon Thomas, artist Jason Howard, and letterer Clayton Cowles. Generally an ok story, the entry doesn’t quite deliver enough. What’s weird is, if the chapters so far were one comic, things would be a bit better. Than serialized nature of this story feels like it’s hurting it a bit. There’s a flow that’s really solid to it all as Bao sinks into his nightmare but that only really works as the flow continues.

Batman has been an excellent series and Batman #113 does a good job giving us a slight break for new readers and laying out the challenge and what might be ahead. It’s a slight pause to the flow but it’s still not bad and does answer at least one issue, how did Scarecrow mess with Batman’s head. As a slice of the overall story, it’s solid. On it’s own, it’s a bit wobbly though.

Story: James Tynion IV, Brandon Thomas Art: Jorge Jimenez, Jason Howard
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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House of Slaughter #1 is Coming October 27 with Over 460,000 Copies Ordered

BOOM! Studios has announced today that the highly anticipated series premiere of House of Slaughter #1 has received a record-breaking orders of over 460,000 copies, making it the best selling original comic book series in BOOM! Studios history after Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR, and resulting in a new release date of October 27, 2021, to accommodate the volume of orders and ensure quality.

House of Slaughter #1 is a brand new ongoing original series set in the world of creators James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera’s Eisner Award-nominated global phenomenon Something is Killing the Children. The series is co-written by James Tynion IV and writer Tate Brombal, and illustrated by Werther Dell‘Edera and artist Chris Shehan, colorist Miquel Muerto, and letterer AndWorld Design.

You know Aaron Slaughter as Erica’s handler and rival. But before he donned the black mask, Aaron was a teenager training within the House of Slaughter. Surviving within the school is tough enough, but it gets even more complicated when Aaron falls for a mysterious boy destined to be his competition. Discover the inner workings of the mysterious House of Slaughter in this new horror series exploring the secret history of the Order that forged Erica Slaughter into the monster hunter she is today.

House of Slaughter #1 features main cover art by series artists Dell’Edera and Shehan, as well as variant cover art by acclaimed illustrators Alvaro Martinez Bueno, Jenny Frison, Mike Del Mundo, Gabrielle D’Otto and more.

House of Slaughter #1

The Truth Could Destroy Everything in Something is Killing the Children #20

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Something is Killing the Children #20, the next issue in the Eisner Award-nominated horror series from GLAAD Award-winning author James Tynion IV, artist Werther Dell’Edera, colorist Miquel Muerto, and letterer AndWorld Design, about Erica’s early experiences with the House of Slaughter and the start of her monster-hunting career… before the horrifying events that brought her to Archer’s Peak, available on September 29, 2021.

Can Erica withstand the final stages of the mysterious Order of St. George initiation? Erica finally faces her official initiation into the Order of St. George, a torturous process that pits a child against an unrestrained monster… and bonds them to it for the rest of their life. Does Erica have what it takes to earn the Mark of St. George, embody the oath of secrecy each member of the House of Slaughter makes, and take her rightful place among the Order?

Something is Killing the Children #20 features main cover art by series artist Werther Dell’Edera and variant cover art by fan favorite artists Evyn Fong and Valerio Schiti.

The Department of Truth #7-12 Heads Back to Print

Six mind-melting issues of the bestselling series The Department of Truth by James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds have sold out at the distributor level. Image Comics has fast-tracked issues #7-12 for reprint in order to keep up rampant reorder activity.

In these issues, readers follow Cole Turner—who thought he’d joined the right side in the war for the Truth. But the more he learns about Lee Harvey Oswald’s tenure leading the Department, the less sure he is. And as Tulpas gain a stronger foothold in the real world, Cole’s time to decide where he stands is running out. 

The Department of Truth #7-12, second printings will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 13:

  • The Department of Truth #7, second printing – Diamond Code JUL219686
  • The Department of Truth #8, second printing – Diamond Code JUL219687
  • The Department of Truth #9, second printing – Diamond Code JUL219688
  • The Department of Truth #10, second printing – Diamond Code JUL219689
  • The Department of Truth #11, second printing – Diamond Code JUL219690
  • The Department of Truth #12, second printing – Diamond Code JUL219691

Preview: Batman Secret Files: Miracle Molly #1

Batman Secret Files: Miracle Molly #1

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Dani

Since Miracle Molly’s explosive first appearance in the pages of Batman, people have been clamoring to know more about the colorful transhumanist vigilante! Now the wait is over-the history of Gotham’s latest breakout star is revealed! It’s a story so secret even Miracle Molly doesn’t remember it! Discover what led a regular Gothamite to reject their past, name, and humanity to embrace the promise of a blank slate-the promise of the Unsanity Collective! Batman series writer James Tynion IV teams up with rising superstar artist Dani to bring you all the way back to the beginning of Miracle Molly in this exciting and integral Fear State special.

Batman Secret Files: Miracle Molly #1

Preview: Batman #113

Batman #113

Written by: James Tynion IV, Brandon Thoma
Art by: Jason Howard, Jorge Jimenez

Ghost-Maker reveals a dark revelation about his past connection to Jonathan Crane while Batman puts together the pieces of Scarecrow’s master plan. Using the Unsanity Collective’s technology, the villain plans to detonate a “Fear Bomb” in Gotham City! Backup: Clownhunter has been dosed by the Scarecrow with a deadly fear toxin and is now traveling through his greatest nightmare of Gotham City. Will the Clownhunter center himself and strike back at Scarecrow? Or will he succumb to all his worst fears?!

Batman #113

Preview: Wynd #10

Wynd #10

(W) James Tynion IV (A/CA) Michael Dialynas
In Shops: Sep 15, 2021
SRP: $4.99

Who will win, who will lose, and who will be caught in between?

Caught in the battle, Wynd and his friends must try to escape with their lives and resume their journey to the fabled Northport.

And while they will gain new allies, some old friends may be left behind.

Wynd #10

BOOM! Reveals a House of Slaughter #1 Variant Cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto

BOOM! Studios has revealed today a super rare variant cover by acclaimed artist Gabriele Dell’Otto for House of Slaughter #1, the premiere issue of the brand new ongoing original series in the world of the Eisner Award-nominated Something is Killing the Children, written by co-creator James Tynion IV and co-writer Tate Brombal, and illustrated by co-creator Werther Dell‘Edera and artist Chris Shehan, colorist Miquel Muerto, and letterer AndWorld Design. Discover the inner workings of the mysterious House of Slaughter in this new horror series exploring the secret history of the Order that forged Erica Slaughter into the monster hunter she is today, available on October 20, 2021.

You know Aaron Slaughter as Erica’s handler and rival. But before he donned the black mask, Aaron was a teenager training within the House of Slaughter. Surviving within the school is tough enough, but it gets even more complicated when Aaron falls for a mysterious boy destined to be his competition. . .

House of Slaughter #1 features main cover art by series artists Dell’Edera and Shehan, as well as variant cover art by acclaimed illustrators Alvaro Martinez Bueno, Jenny Frison, and Mike Del Mundo.

House of Slaughter #1 Gabriele Dell’Otto

Preview: The Joker #7

The Joker #7

Written by: Sam Johns, James Tynion IV
Art by: Sweeney Boo, Guillem March

Très bien-the Joker visits Paris! Gordon must get to Joker ahead of the Sampsons, but has the Clown Prince set an ambush for his pursuers? Plus, Barbara fights for her life after her introduction to the new Talon! Punchline backup: The search for Kelly Ness-Punchline’s former friend who is also in Blackgate Penitentiary-begins.

The Joker #7
Almost American
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